Water-wise Lawn Irrigation Tips
Don’t Water on Automatic – Respond to Your Lawn’s Need, Not Your Habit!
Your lawn will adapt easily to an every-three-day watering pattern; in fact, you can even water less frequently. If nature helps out, so much the better! Check to see if rainfall is meeting your lawn’s needs. Here’s a tip: let nature sprinkle your lawn as late into the spring as possible before you begin to irrigate. This practice will help your lawn develop healthy roots. To determine if your lawn is getting enough water, try this simple test. Stick a screwdriver in the ground. If it goes in too easily, cut back on your watering. If it’s a struggle to get it in, increase watering.
Don’t Water Everything the Same
Water the lawn separately from plant beds and trees, as those areas need less water than the lawn.
Water by the Light of the Moon
Watering between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. can reduce evaporation loss by 15-20 percent. Because our climate is typically dry, this practice won’t create mildew or fungus on your lawn unless you water too much. Always avoid watering in the heat of the day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Get Into the Maintenance Habit
Check your irrigation system on a regular basis to ensure top performance. Routinely check the coverage of sprinkler heads and adjust them if they’re creating runoff on walks and driveways. Before the first freeze, be sure to drain and clear the system of water to avoid leaks and breaks. Be sure the batteries (if any) are fresh and the clock will keep time.
Don’t Get Into a Fog
If your system’s spray patter is creating a fine mist or fog, reduce the operating pressure or adjust the nozzles to eliminate the mist. When you do, you’ll reduce water loss that’s due to evaporation and wind drifting by 20 to 25 percent.